Municipalities should be entitled to refuse home care services to temporary residents

3 June 2020 klockan 13.56

Uppdated 3 June 2020 klockan 16.52

A municipality should have the right to refuse home care services to people who are on a short stay in the municipality. This is the opinion of the Riksdag which, by way of an announcement, calls on the Government to promptly prepare a legislative proposal to this effect. The purpose is to reduce the burden on the municipalities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When a person stays for a shorter period in a municipality in which he or she is not normally resident, the municipality of temporary residence is obliged, under law and if requested, to provide social services decided by the ordinary municipality of residence. This applies, for example, to home care services. The Riksdag considers that a temporary exception from this obligation is needed, and that municipalities should be entitled, if considered necessary, to refuse home care services to temporary residents.

The announcement is based on a committee initiative. This means that it is the parliamentary Committee on Health and Welfare that has presented the proposal, and it is not based on a proposal from the Government or a motion from a member of the Riksdag.